Alamo Square Park, which was closed in May for much-needed renovations, will reopen to the public this week. But only part of it.
A viewing area will open on Thursday at Hayes and Steiner, which, according to San Francisco Parks & Rec, "will increase pedestrian safety, reduce the project’s impact on residents, and allow for visitors to take photos of the iconic Painted Ladies."
That's right, the Full House section of Alamo Square Park will open to tourists.
“Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies are an international destination and a vital part of our neighborhood,” said Supervisor London Breed in a press release, whose district includes Alamo Square Park. “The renovation project is important, but I did not want it to completely close off the park to neighbors and visitors, or force tourists into the street while taking pictures. I’m thrilled we were able to reach a solution and want to thank both the Rec & Park Department and Alamo Square Neighborhood Association for helping make it happen.”
Quite the contrary, some tourists didn't need to stand in the street to snap some photos. Many of them broke the law and busted into the fenced off area in an effort to clog up their Instagrams will shots of the historic Queen Anne Victorians. Tsk, tsk.
The rest of the park will open later this year.